Aroostook State Park

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Coordinates: 46°36′30″N 68°00′30″W / 46.60833°N 68.00833°W / 46.60833; -68.00833
Aroostook State Park
Maine State Park
Country  United States
State  Maine
County Aroostook County
Location Presque Isle, Maine
 - coordinates 46°36′30″N 68°00′30″W / 46.60833°N 68.00833°W / 46.60833; -68.00833
Area 904 acres (366 ha)
Founded 1938 First Maine state park
Management Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands

Aroostook State Park is a 904-acre (366 ha) protected area of Aroostook County, Maine. Located just off of U.S. Route 1 near Presque Isle, the park encompasses Quaggy Jo Mountain and Echo Lake. It was formed in 1938 as the first of Maine's state parks. In 2009 Aroostook State Park expanded, adding 145.6 acres (58.9 ha), which cost the Department of Conservation $60,000.[1]

The park was formed in 1938, three years after the State of Maine created the Maine State Park Commission. It was formed through the donation of 100 acres (40 ha) of land by local businesspeople.[1]

"Quaggy Jo" is an altered version of the mountain's Native American name, "Qua Qua Jo", which means "twin-peaked".[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lynds, Jen (September 15, 2010). "Land to be added to state park in PI". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Maine Bureau of Parks & Lands". Retrieved 4 March 2013.